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Work-related asthma in the educational services industry: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-2000.

Authors
Mazurek-JM; Filios-M; Willis-R; Rosenman-KD; Reilly-MJ; McGreevy-K; Schill-DP; Valiante-D; Pechter-E; Davis-L; Flattery-J; Harrison-R
Source
Am J Ind Med 2008 Jan; 51(1):47-59
NIOSHTIC No.
20033112
Abstract
Objectives To characterize work-related asthma (WRA) cases working in the educational services industry identified by state-based occupational disease surveillance systems. Methods We examined 2,995 WRA cases reported from 1993 to 2000 to four states: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey. Results A total of 265 (9%) WRA cases were employed in the educational services industry; 69% of cases were classified as new-onset asthma and 31% as work-aggravated asthma. New-onset asthma cases were further classified as occupational asthma (61%) or as reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (8%). The most frequently reported occupation was teachers and teachers' aides (54%). The most frequently reported agents were indoor air pollutants (28%), unspecified mold (16%), dusts (14%), and cleaning products (7%). Conclusions Asthma within the educational services industry is an occupational health problem. The health of school employees should also be considered when initiatives addressing asthma among schoolchildren are instituted. The identification, elimination, and/or control of respiratory hazards are important factors for the protection of staff and students alike.
Keywords
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Bronchial-asthma; Respiratory-system-disorders; Surveillance-programs; Region-1; Region-2; Region-5; Region-9; Education; Teaching; Indoor-air-pollution; Dusts; Molds; Cleaning-compounds; Airway-obstruction; Case-studies; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: occupational health; asthma; school; teachers; surveillance
Contact
Jacek M.Mazurek, National nstitute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Surveillance Branch, Mailstop HG 900.2, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
AJIMD8
CAS No.
50-00-0; 7782-50-5; 141-43-5; 7664-41-7; 108-88-3; 1332-21-4; 8052-42-4; 471-34-1; 584-84-9; 101-68-8
Publication Date
20080101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
acq8@cdc.gov
Funding Amount
374980
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-515856; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-008338; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DRDS
SIC Code
8211; 8221; 8222; 8249; 8231; 8299
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
CA; MA; MI; NJ; WV
Performing Organization
Michigan Department of Health
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